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What does multiplication of two quaternions give?

I'm using quaternions as a means to rotate an object in the application I'm developing. If one quaternion represents a rotation and the second quaternion represents another rotation, what does their ...
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Commutative applying rotations around three axis

Rotating an object in a 3 dimensional space by euler angles might be intuitive but comes with some problems. First, the order of applied rotations around the different axis matters. Second, there is ...
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Equivalent conditions of quaternion matrix algebra

I am following Theorem 2.3.1 of Maclachlan's and Reid's The Arithmetic of Hyperbolic 3-Manifolds. We define a quaternion algebra $A=\left(\frac{a,b}{F}\right)$ over a field $F$ of characteristic ...
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Nullify (zero out, cancel) rotation in an arbitrary axis in a Quaternion

Question: How do you nullify (zero out) rotation around an arbitrary axis in a Quaternion? Example: Let's say you have an object with quaternion orientation $A$. You also have a rotation quaternion ...
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Some questions about quaternions.

It is possible make something like complexification of a real vector space using quaternions? If yes, it's similar to complex case or there are considerable differences? Has been studied a quaternion ...
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Proof that Quaternion Algebras are simple

I have a proof that every quaternion algebra over a field $A=\left(\frac{a,b}{F}\right)$ is simple, i.e. has no nontrivial two-sided ideals, which appeals to the algebraic closure of $F$ and the ...
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Math beyond Quaternions

Quaternions remove the commutative property and octonions eliminate the associative property can we go any higher and eliminate more properties?
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Optimimal rotation using non-linear conjugate gradient

The problem I'd like to ask is the following : let $M_1$ and $M_2$ two rigid bodies with a quadratic constraint function $f$ attached to its grid points. $M_2$ is always kept static while $M_1$ can be ...
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Combing rotation quaternions

If I combine 2 rotation quaternions by multiplying them, lets say one represents some rotation around x axis and other represents some rotation around some arbitrary axis. The the order of rotation ...
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Does anyone know any resources for Quaternions for truly understanding them?

I've been studying Quaternions for a week, on my own. I've learned various facts about them but I still don't understand them. My goal is to understand rotation quaternions specifically. I don't want ...
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Need help interpreting an equation from an article (related to quaternions).

At this link, about half way down the page, there is an equation I don't understand http://physicsforgames.blogspot.com/2010/02/quaternions-why.html This is the equation. $$VV† = -x^2I^2 - y^2J^2 - ...
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How do you construct the quaternion and the multiplication rules, like Hamilton did?

So, I understand complex number multiplication, and how it represents $2D$ rotations. What I don't understand is, how you add two more imaginary numbers $j$ and $k$, and get $3D$ rotations. I believe ...
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The multiplication of 2D vectors produces what?

I am trying to learn about rotation quaternions, and in the process I am currently looking at 2D vector multiplication. To avoid confusion with other types of multiplication, this is the basic form I ...
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What type of division is possible in 1, 2, 4, and 8 but not the 3rd dimension?

In this article that talks about some history of hamilton http://plus.maths.org/content/curious-quaternions There is a snippet that says this: Multiplication is very sneaky. You can only set up ...
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How does one derive this rotation quaternion formula?

given an angle and an axis, the corresponding quaternion can be computed like this. $w = \cos( Angle/2)$ $x = \text{axis}.x * \sin( Angle/2 )$ $y = \text{axis}.y * \sin( Angle/2 )$ $z = ...
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How is the Quaternion multiplication derived?

Quaternion multiplication seems suspiciously similar to the cross product. How is it derived? Here is a description of the multiplication: Let $Q_1$ and $Q_2$ be two quaternions, which are defined, ...
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Quaternions: Difference(s) between $\mathbb{H}$ and $Q_8$

What is the difference between $\mathbb{H}$ and $Q_8$? Both are called quaternions.
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How do I calculate a position in front of a quaternion given the initial position and the quaternion?

Well I want to determine the position in front of, lets say 'an object'. 'An objects' has a position (pX,pY,pZ) and a quaternion rotation (qX,qY,qZ,qW) (where qW seems always to be ...
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How are these formulas for Quaternion -> Rotation Matrix related?

I'm trying to write a program to convert a quaternion to a rotation matrix. One source I found is: ...
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Quaternions, torque, and impulse.

In a physics simulation I have a solid ball of mass $m$ and moment of interia $M$ (which is a diagonal matrix with all entries equal to ${2\over5}mr^2=i$). Its instantaneous rotation is given by a ...
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half sine and half cosine quaternions

Something is a little bit unclear to me. In the image below you see that you need to divide the angle by a half. Acccording to wikipedia they say that this is so that I could rotate clockwise or ...
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Quaternions: why does ijk = -1 and ij=k and -ji=k

Currently i am studying quaternions. I do understand that i, j and k are imaginairy numbers. so $i^2 = j^2 =k^2 = -1$. But I could not understand this: ...
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Detail in the proof of the quaternion rotation identity

I am trying to understand the proof of the quaternion rotation identity illustrated in wikipedia ...
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$x^2+1=0$ uncountable many solutions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are the solutions of polynomial equations so unconstrained over the quaternions? Coudl someone explain me the following: Why should $x^2+1=0$ have uncountable ...
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Matrix representation of the Quaternions?

Can anyone explain how why the matrix representation of the quaternions using real matrices is constructed as such?
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How can I break down a rotation of known amount around a known axis into two rotations of unknown amounts around known axes?

I have a vector that's been rotated a known amount about a known axis. I would like to break this rotation down into two separate rotations around known, linearly independent axes where the amounts I ...
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How to Perform Quaternion Multiplication

Everywhere that I've looked, it seems to be assumed that $i^{2} = j^{2} = k^{2} = - 1$, along with the other rules of quaternion multiplication. However - for my homework - I'm being asked to show ...
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inner product on matrices with quaternionic entries

let $\mathbb{H}$ be the quaternions and $Mat(n,\mathbb{H})$ be the vector space of $n\times n$ matrices over $\mathbb{H}$. Let $H(n,\mathbb{H}):=\{ A\in Mat(n,\mathbb{H}): \overline{A}^t=A \}$ be the ...
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3 axis gimbal controller and quaternions

this question has been probably asked in different forms but please bare with me: I'm building a three axis gimbal controller as part of my uni project. Besides the gimbal stabilization on each axis, ...
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Updating a quaternion orientation by a vector of euler angles

I'm trying to understand why this formula works to update an orientation with an angular velocity represented as a vector of rotations in $radians/{second}$. I understand that two quaternions ...
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how to extrapolate quaternions?

from http://answers.unity3d.com/questions/168779/extrapolating-quaternion-rotation.html ...
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Error in Weyl character formula computation.

I need someone with a keen eye for errors. I am trying to use the Weyl character formula for the symplectic group Sp$(4,\mathbb{C})$ on certain matrices coming from 2x2 quaternion matrices. Summing ...
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What do we lose passing from the reals to the complex numbers?

As normed division algebras, when we go from the complex numbers to the quaternions, we lose commutativity. Moving on to the octonions, we lose associativity. Is there some analogous property that we ...
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Sub division rings of division rings

Below $^\ast$ denotes "nonzero elements of". There is a problem in Jacobson's Basic Algebra 1, there is a problem to this effect: if $S$ is a subdivision ring of $\mathbb{H}$ such that $S^\ast$ is a ...
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Triple quaternion multiplication

I'm self learner and for some reason I can't wrap my head around quaternion multiplication. I just stumble upon one of equation in my text. Can anyone show step-by-step workout for below: $$ ...
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How can we make $\mathbb{R}^n$ into a multiplicative group?

Are there any sorts of multiplicative group structures we can put on set $\mathbb{R}^n$? By multiplicative, I mean that it should be compatible with the natural scalar multiplication on ...
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How $v=(-\sin\frac{\alpha}{2}\sin\frac{\beta}{2},\cos\frac{\alpha}{2}\sin\frac{\beta}{2},\sin\frac{\alpha}{2}\cos\frac{\beta}{2})$ is derived from…

In the book Quarternion and Rotation Sequences, I can't seem to work out how the final equation (colored in $\color{red}{red}$) is derived from the original equation (colored in $\color{blue}{blue}$). ...
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3D points rotation to quaternions

For the simplicity, we'll consider two 3D points, that moves one relatively to other, in time. Let's say: ...
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quaternion product distributivity

If you check the quaternion product derivation at wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaternion#Hamilton_product You can see that it is derived from a multiplication table between the ...
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The Join of Two Copies of $S^1$

So I know the fact that the join of $S^1$ and $S^1$ is homeomorphic to the 3-sphere, but I'm having trouble "seeing" this. I'd prefer something that appeals to geometric intuition, but more formal ...
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Why do Quaternions and octonions exist?

Ok so I have known about imaginary numbers for quite some time now. I also understand why we want them to exist (to have a solution for $x^2=-1$). I also remember reading that the complex numbers are ...
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Correspondence between rotation representations

I was wondering if there is a bijection between unit quaternions and other rotation representations such as vector of rotation, Euler angles or rotation matrices. It seems to me this is not the case ...
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Quaternion Differentiation

I have an application that tracks an image and estimates its position and orientation. The orientation is given by a quaternion, and it is modified by an angular velocity every frame. To predict the ...
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how to fine the quaternion between two vectors lies on two different Cartesian coordinate systems

I have two vectors lies on different cartesian coordinate systems. I want to find the quaternion between these two vectors. how I can do that?
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Uniform distributions on the space of rotations in 3D

I believe on moral grounds that the following three definitions are equivalent, and determine "the" uniform distribution on rotations in three dimensions. The Haar measure on $SO(3)$. The uniform ...
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how to get rotation component of quaternion form using 3d coordinates

I have a series of 3d coordinates distributed in a 3d space according to a root point. I can determine the x, y , z component using reducing the vectors. but I am not clear how to get rotation ...
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Why is the complex number $z=a+bi$ equivalent to the matrix form $\left(\begin{smallmatrix}a &-b\\b&a\end{smallmatrix}\right)$ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Relation of this antisymmetric matrix $r = \left(\begin{smallmatrix}0 &1\\-1&0\end{smallmatrix}\right)$ to $i$ On Wikipedia, it says that: Matrix ...
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How to identify $SL(2,\mathbb{C})/SU(2)$ and the hyperbolic 3-space?

I know that every coset representative $g\in SL(2,\mathbb{C})$ for $SL(2,\mathbb{C})/SU(2)$ can be chosen of the form $$ g = \left( \begin{array}{cc} \sqrt{t} & \frac{z}{\sqrt{t}}\\ 0 & ...
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Quaternions and Rotations

Two of the interesting achievements in Mathematics are Classification of platonic solids, and also classification of finite groups acting on the unit sphere in $\mathbb{R}^3$, and they are very nicely ...
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Quaternions in olympiad 3d geometry

It's known that we can use complex numbers to solve some 2d problems easier than synthetic methods. But, what do you think about using complex numbers in 3d geometry? I've found extend of complex ...